my 4 year old talks to strangers

Catherine - posted on 07/18/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My 4 year old daughter is very social. We have alot of gatherings and do many social events which is why its difficult trying to teach her about stranger danger and not to speak with strangers. She has gone up to people that we are speaking with and hugs them and easyily starts up conversations with anyone in the grocery store. I don't want to scare her to where she isn't social at all but it scares me in today's world knowing that could hurt her too. We have gone over numerous times stranger danger and not to speak with strangers but she continues to do that. I only know that she does that with us around and I would think she wouldn't speak with them or go with strangers if we were not around but I don't know that 100%. Any suggestions on how to talk or teach her better on strangers?

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Catherine - posted on 07/18/2012

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That is true and that's why we haven't pushed the issue of not speaking with strangers but even though we speak with her about not going with them how do you know you've done enough for them at a young age not to go if they are at a situation like that. Everyday you turn on the news and listen to younger children being abducted and all those parents say they've spoken with their children on stranger dangers. Is it okay to stage an instance to see what your child would do, just to ease your mind?

Elfrieda - posted on 07/18/2012

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What's wrong with talking to strangers? As long as she knows not to go anywhere with them, she should be fine. Maybe you should draw that line, "if anybody asks you to come with them, that means they're dangerous." Otherwise let her chat.

My 2 year old always talks to strangers, especially men. It's sweet to see a crusty old man break into a smile and have a chat with a toddler about how they both are wearing blue shirts. I think it's nice, especially since I'm a bit shy, myself. It's good to have extra friendliness in the world, if our kids keep that perspective on strangers they'll have a happy life. That's what I think.

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